It was a very successful year for the L-L League. Six teams won a PIAA title and two individual athletes won gold.
Here’s a review with plenty of video.
LANCASTER CATHOLIC GIRLS BASKETBALL:
Behind Kiki Jefferson’s 24 points, the Crusaders defeated Berks Catholic 51-36 in the PIAA Class 4A title game. This was their 4th PIAA title. The last was in 1996. This was the first undefeated
state champion in Crusader girl’s basketball history.
They finished the season with 32 wins and no losses. They won the L-L League Section 3 title, the L-L League title, the District 3 title, and the state title. Kiki finished the season as the Class 4A Player of the Year.
PENN MANOR BOWLING:
The Penn Manor boys’ bowling team has made history by winning its third straight state title!
The Comets won the championship by defeating Wilson, 2-1, in the state finals at Princess Lanes in Pittsburgh. Bowler Dan Mease also competed in the individual tournament, placing 10th in the state.
Last year, the Penn Manor boys beat Ephrata, 2-0, to earn the PIAA Bowling Championship title. In 2016, the team topped Conrad Weiser, 2-0, for the state crown.
The Comets won the first game, 209-173, but Wilson edged Penn Manor, 206-196, in the second. Penn Manor came roaring back, however, winning the decisive third game, 234-174.
DONEGAL FIELD HOCKEY:
What a season for the Donegal Field Hockey team. They finish 29-0 and cap off the season with a state title victory against District One’s Golden Bears of Merion Mercy, in the PIAA Class 2A Field Hockey Championship game at Whitehall.
This is the 4th state title for Donegal in the school’s history and the first for the Donegal Field Hockey program. Marion Mercy had not been scored upon in the PIAA playoffs.
Lancaster Catholic Baseball:
The Lancaster Catholic Crusaders won their first state baseball title ever by defeating the South Side Beavers 5-1 in the class 3A final in June.
This was only the Crusaders’ 4th appearance in PIAA tournaments and they won this by having Dillon Marsh on the mound.
He threw 19 first strikes to the 24 batters he faced. He surrendered only 5 hits and walked no one.
MANHEIM TOWNSHIP LACROSSE:
WEST CHESTER — The Manheim Township boys lacrosse team made history Saturday afternoon in West Chester.
The Blue Streaks took home the school’s first team PIAA 3A championship — outside of rifle and golf — with a 6-4 victory over LaSalle at Harold Zimmerman Stadium.
That’s not all though as Manheim Township’s win is the first boys lacrosse title captured by a District 3 team. This was the first time a team west of Chester County to win a Lacrosse state title.
LAMPETER-STRASBURG PIONEERS SOFTBALL:
The Lampeter-Strasburg Pioneers have their first PIAA softball championship.
They defeated West Allegheny, 6-2, in Thursday’s PIAA Class 5A final at Penn State’s Nittany Lion Softball Park.
MANHEIM TOWNSHIP’S MACKENZIE HORN GOLD POLE VAULT NEW RECORD 13 FEET 3 INCHES FOR CLASS 3A
Soft-spoken Mackenzie Horn made a big and very loud statement at the PIAA Track & Field Championships.
The Blue Streaks’ senior and High Point recruit was the only competitor to sail over the 13-foot threshold in the girls Class 3A pole vault competition. So, for good measure, the gold medalist tacked on a vault of 13-03 to establish the new PIAA 3A standard.
Amy Yunginger wons Gold in 3A 100 meter 100 Butterfly:
Manheim Township’s Amy Yunginger won the Class 3A 100 butterfly in 54 seconds, beating the Township school record at Bucknell University’s Kinney Natatorium on Wednesday night in the PIAA swimming and diving championships.
This was her fifth consecutive record time this season in this event.
Yunginger’s gold medal swim finishes her high school career and what a year it was.
The Blue Streaks senior also posted personal-best times and broke school records in both the 100 butterfly and the 200 freestyle, earning gold and silver, respectively, at the District Three Class 3A swimming championships.
In the L-L League championships she won and set records in the 100 Butterfly at 56.26 swim (league, meet, pool record); she won the 200 IM at 2:07.40; she came in second in the 200 Medley Relay at 1:51.88; and she helped Township come in second place.